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Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2013

Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
  • WE91
14.5% ABV
  • WW90
  • W&S91
  • TP91
  • WW90
  • WE90
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Winemaker Notes

Sourced from high-elevation vineyards overlooking theRussian River where grapes ripen evenly and fully, PaulDolan Vineyards Zinfandel is a lively, concentrated winetasting of blackberry jam, orange marmalade and a dashingaccent of cracked black pepper.

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Packed with juicy berry flavors, this outgoing wine blends great freshness and pure grape flavors with a lip-smacking texture of tannins and acidity that keep it well balanced. It resembles black berry, raspberry and boysenberry juices, has a tangy mouthfeel and lingering, tingly finish.
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Paul Dolan Vineyards

Paul Dolan Vineyards

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Paul Dolan Vineyards, Mendocino, California
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Paul Dolan Vineyards wines are unique expressions of carefully nurtured vineyard sites made manifest in each bottle. In organic farming, we do without synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system.

Our winegrowing practices create small lots of elegant wines, while sustaining our environment, the place where we live, and the people who live here.

Paul Dolan Vineyards – Premium Organic & Biodynamic Wine from Mendocino County.

Mendocino

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A large and diverse appellation within California’s North Coast AVA, Mendocino is home to several smaller sub-regions—most notably the Anderson Valley. This scenic region, with rolling hills covered in redwood forests as well as vineyards, is one of the world’s top producers of certified organically-grown grapes. Due to wide geographical and climatic variation, a vast array of wine styles can be found here.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

RRM73854_2013 Item# 141352